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Windows 7: Seagate external

16 Apr 2015   #71
TechSeven

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The drive disappeared while it was scanning.


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16 Apr 2015   #72
TechSeven

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That's the end of that.. Rip Seagate
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16 Apr 2015   #73
jumanji

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1. Your new 3TB drive formatted with Windows Disk Management appears perfectly OK with the 128MB MSR partition in place.( This will not be shown in Windows Disk Management.Reason why I wanted to see it in Partition Wizard.)

2. It would appear that Sector 0 the all important sector has gone corrupt in the faulty drive.

3. We may still try to visualize what is exactly there by viewing its content in bootice at sector level, save it and then try to rewrite a new MBR code.

But before we do anything the integrity of the drive has to be tested. That will also give as an idea whether the drive turning bad is only due a corrupted sector 0 alone or bad sectors all the way in the data area. If there are too many bad sectors it will indicate so. But if it finds only few and can repair those then the drive will be good to go and we can attempt to rebuild sector 0 at the sector level or initialize the disk in Windows Disk management.

Download , install and run Seatools for Windows from here SeaTools | Seagate

Also read the Seatools for Windows Guide in that page on how to use it. ( I haven't run Seatools for ages and so I may not be of any help.) Run the Short Generic Test and then the Long Generic Test with Repair option "all" selected. Short generic test may take only some time while the Long Generic test on 3TB may take hours. Also note the time taken. If it all finishes within seconds in a jiffy then it would mean that the tests did not really run due to hardware fault even though it may indicate a PASS result (false positive).

Post the findings. I am not the one to give up easily. I will use all the arrows in my quiver but it is going to be a long process and needs perseverance and willingness to experiment.( All this only if the integrity test passes.)
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16 Apr 2015   #74
TechSeven

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"2. It would appear that Sector 0 the all important sector has gone corrupt in the faulty drive."

I have a feeling you are close/very close to where the problem is located on the faulty drive.

Got to thank you for your time and effort with this stubborn drive.

Let me download seatools now and follow your instructions.
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16 Apr 2015   #75
TechSeven

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Am waiting for seatools to scan the drive. Might take a while to recognise.
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16 Apr 2015   #76
TechSeven

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It's taking longer then it should. Im not to sure it will go any further in searching for the drive.
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16 Apr 2015   #77
TechSeven

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Don't know if this helps any, but the last time it was in RAW state i did try seatools and it passed the tests. I don't think it took long. But i do remember it saying pass.
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16 Apr 2015   #78
jumanji

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Not a good sign. Anyway give it enough time.

I am going to proceed further examining the sectors only tomorrow.
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16 Apr 2015   #79
TechSeven

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Ok thanks jumanji.
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16 Apr 2015   #80
TechSeven

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I think i might let it run through the night. If any luck it will recognise and go further then it is now.
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